Yu Darvish’s bullpen session ‘did not go well’


Cubs starter Yu Darvish, trying to work his way back from a triceps injury, threw a bullpen session on Thursday. Manager Joe Maddon said it “did not go well,” Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Maddon said Darvish “felt pain on extension” and will now be reevaluated before the Cubs decide what to do next.

Darvish, 31, got off to an awful start for the Cubs, going 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA and a 49/21 K/BB ratio in 40 innings across eight starts. He went on the disabled list on May 26, retroactive to the 23rd.

The Cubs inked Darvish to a six-year, $126 million contract in February. So far, it’s not going well for either side.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

Jabari Blash
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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.